CEPREGANOV: History should not be means of division
If it had not been for October 23rd 1893, we would have had neither Ilinden, nor ASNOM, said university History Professor and former director of the Institute of National History Todor Cepreganov in the interview for Inbox7.
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If it had not been for October 23, 1893, we would have had neither Ilinden, nor ASNOM, said university history professor and former director of the Institute of National History Todor Cepreganov in the interview for Inbox7.
According to him, a joint celebration of Ilinden with Bulgaria is impossible, because they recognize our state but do not recognize the language and the nation. “Until 1944 we were Bulgarians and then someone brought us here and we became Macedonians? How is it possible”, asks Cepreganov adding that each nation is created through a long historical process, which for us began in 1893 and continues until today.
History is the teacher of life, but unfortunately we learn very little from history, says Professor Cepreganov.
“The worst is when history is politicized, and at times that is what politicians do – use specific historic topics that raise the nationalistic charge of certain ethnic communities here. History should not be a means for dividing us. The historic national being is built through education and in education we are divided”, says Cepreganov. He does not think that in textbooks they exaggerate with the ancient period but points out that the syllabus is loaded with dates and names. “Every date is not important, processes are important”, he says. He himself participated in the creation of some history textbooks and does not hide that at universities there are students coming from high schools who do not know the basic dates of Macedonian history. Cepreganov believes that on Macedonia square there are least monuments of antiquity and it is good that on the square we have the whole history of Macedonia.
To the Inbox7 question if Macedonia can close the name issue with Greece, Cepreganov says: “We do not have a problem with the name, Greece has. We have not received the name at referendum and it cannot be changed at referendum. The international community knows that we are porous, we have changed the Constitution, we have changed the flag and we will change the name. I think that by changing the name we will lose both the history and the nation”.